12 June 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Willie Gibbs is supremely confident of ruining Andy Lees homecoming when the pair collide in Limerick on July 19.
Indeed, the fighter knows as The Gladiator is amazed that he has been handed a shot at Lee in what will be the Limerick middleweights first outing since his shock stoppage defeat by Brian Vera in March.
Im still scratching my head about this fight, Gibbs stated. I mean the guy just suffered his first defeat and now they want him to suffer a second one straight away!
It doesnt make sense to me but Ill do what I have to do and thats come to Ireland to destroy Andy Lee.
I really dont know what his team are thinking of with this fight. Do they honestly believe Im going to come all the way to Ireland to lie down for him?
I saw Lees last fight and hes a good young fighter whos shooting for his dream like the rest of us but he isnt ready for me.
The fact that they even think they can take me shows theyre underestimating me. Thats a slap in the face for me and its all the motivation I need.
Rest assured Im going to be packing my A game into my suitcase. People are saying that Lee cant afford to lose this one well neither can I so Im going to be a dangerous man in that ring.
Im an old school fighter and I go in there and give blood, sweat and tears because thats what the fans pay to see. The only problem next month is that the tears will be from Lees people.
Gibbs is a cousin of living legend Bernard Hopkins and he is vowing to follow in The Executioners footsteps by becoming one of the biggest names in boxing.
Bernard came through the hard way and ended up right at the top of the game Im going to do the same, the Philadelphian vowed.
Ive had setbacks in my career with managerial and trainer problems but this is a great opportunity for me to beat an up and coming kid and make the world sit up and take notice of Willie Gibbs again.
Beating Andy Lee will put me back in the boxing atmosphere and can take me to a world title fight and thats my goal.